• Organizational Change Announced for the St. Louis Regional Chamber

    Feb 20, 2018
    Joe Reagan, president and CEO of the St. Louis Regional Chamber since 2012, informed the Executive Committee of the Chamber’s Board of Directors that he is resigning his position effective at the end of this month.

    “I am grateful to the Board for the outstanding opportunity to lead the Regional Chamber for the past six years,” said Joe Reagan. “I want to thank the Chamber’s very talented team of staff-leaders for their hard work and dedication to causes that are so important for St. Louis’ future.”

    "On behalf of the Chamber's Board of Directors, we want to thank Joe for his dedicated service to the St. Louis region and community. We wish him much success in his future endeavors," said Warner Baxter, Chairman of the Chamber's Board of Directors.

    Baxter also announced that Tom Chulick, the former chairman and CEO of UMB Bank-St. Louis and former president of UMB-Midwest Region, has agreed to lead the Chamber as the acting president and CEO, starting on March 1. Baxter also said that the Executive Committee is forming a search committee that will identify a permanent CEO.

    “We are very fortunate to have Tom Chulick lead the Chamber during this important transition,” said Baxter. “He is a proven leader, demonstrated by his 10 years of experience based here in St. Louis at UMB Bank. That experience, coupled with his continued strong engagement in the Chamber and the St. Louis community, will enable him to hit the ground running and effectively lead the Chamber in driving economic development for the St. Louis region.”

    Chulick said, “I see enormous potential for the St. Louis regional economy. It’s a wonderful place to start a business. It’s a wonderful place to grow a business. I am very excited to engage with and lead the talented team at the Chamber, as well as work closely with the Chamber’s investors and other public and private sector leaders to execute strategies that will continue to drive economic development for
    the St. Louis region.”

    Tom Chulick has 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. He is the former chairman, CEO and president of UMB Bank-St. Louis and president of UMB-Midwest Region.

    Mr. Chulick’s expertise is in commercial banking, brokerage, institutional asset management, wealth management and treasury services. While at UMB, the bank’s St. Louis region achieved unprecedented sales growth with a six-year compounded annual growth rate of more than 24 percent. Mr. Chulick led a successful turnaround in three additional markets, and as a result, his model became the standard for the entire company.

    While at UMB, Mr. Chulick was responsible for consumer services, wealth management, commercial banking, fiscal activities, risk management and human resources for Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska and greater St. Louis.

    Mr. Chulick instituted, monitored and mentored investments in the SixThirty FinTech Accelerator, led the company in highest customer and associate satisfaction scores and earned the UMB Financial Corporation Leadership Award, the company’s highest honor.

    Mr. Chulick currently serves on the Board of Directors of the St. Louis Regional Chamber, as Chair of the Education Attainment and Talent Development Committee and as a member of the Budget and Finance Committee. He also is on the Board of Trustees of Webster University and the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for the Regional Business Council.

    He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Rockhurst University.

    About the St. Louis Regional Chamber
    The St. Louis Regional Chamber, working with our partners throughout the bi-state metropolitan area, represents a strong team for St. Louis. Whether supporting public policy and infrastructure initiatives, or attracting new jobs, capital investment and talent, the Chamber is helping to lead the way to a greater St. Louis. The Chamber represents the 15-county, bi-state region comprising the city of St. Louis, the Missouri counties of Franklin, Jefferson, Lincoln, St. Charles, St. Louis and Warren; and the Illinois counties of Bond, Calhoun, Clinton, Jersey, Macoupin, Madison, Monroe and St. Clair. Businesses of all sizes from startups to Fortune 1000s, non-profits, government agencies, education institutions, healthcare and labor organizations are included in this alliance.

    Media Contact: Chelsey Watts
    Office: 314-982-7705 

  • Happy New Year, St. Louis: A Look Back at Our 2017 Successes

    Jan 08, 2018

    The St. Louis Regional Chamber achieved strong results in 2017 towards fulfilling our top five strategic priorities. From surpassing our aggressive economic development goals to convening regional leaders across the public and private sectors, our One Team has worked effectively to achieve these results. However, these results would not be possible without those who believe in our shared vision and goal for the St. Louis region.  We know that our results come from collaboration with our clients, members, investors, partners, and elected officials.

     2017 Strategic Priorities and Key Results

     A full-court press for net new jobs for the region leveraging our strength in financial services, biosciences, health, and logistics.

    • The Chamber assisted 15 clients, adding 3,000 new jobs with $70,000 average salaries and $837m investment to the St. Louis region.
    • We also secured 104 New Active Clients year-to-date, far exceeding the aggressive goal we set.

    Marketing the St. Louis unified brand strategy through proactive media relations, social media and special events, especially those aimed at students from our regional universities who are recently graduated or are approaching graduation.

    • The Chamber promoted the positive and authentic brand message for St. Louis to targeted audiences, including local residents, college students, and business decision-makers in San Francisco, Chicago, Atlanta and New York.
    • We staffed the Regional Marketing Collaborative which created the “St Louis brand book” and distributed 1,100 copies.
    • Our team executed LouFestU, the regional college festival attended by over 1,500 students.
    • We aired commercials highlighting St. Louis innovation through our partnership with member broadcasters and Civic Pride Foundation.
    • The Chamber helped launch the regional talent solution “The Whether” by Better Weekdays.

    A renewed focus on a safe and secure region, working with our public officials on serious crime reduction initiatives and improving citizen-law enforcement relations.

    • Helped negotiate a first-of-its kind MOU between St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger, Mayor Lyda Krewson, St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern and the Bi-State Development Agency. The MOU is a paradigm shift for MetroLink public safety that has so far delivered a central command structure and headquarters, secured funding for a system-wide security audit and improved cooperation between the three accredit law enforcement agencies.
    • We also engaged our members in public advocacy on two successful campaigns for police funding.

    A push to ‘close the gap’ in needed equity funding for the entrepreneurial boom underway in our region.

    Executing on the highest-impact solutions in the St. Louis Regional Commitment to Education to improve access and accelerated degree completion.

    • Obtained confirmation from the necessary private, educational, public, social sector stakeholders to sign the St. Louis Regional Education Commitment to reach the goal of seeing St. Louis become a Top Ten region for educational attainment by 2025.
    • Launched the St. Louis Regional Education Data Dashboard, a tool that will enable the region to benchmark progress towards the Top Ten goal and with St. Louis Graduates
    • Released the report, Degrees with Less Debt, which identifies specific strategies for better supporting underrepresented student populations

    With all these successes under our belt, we look forward to using our 2017 momentum to start 2018 off strong. Despite this, the true source of our strength lies within the people and institutions of our region. With the combined strength of our 15-county, bi-state region,  the Chamber will continue to work to make St. Louis a better place to live, work, play and invest.